October 26, Islamabad – Representatives of the Governments of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, met on Wednesday, October 26 in Islamabad for the 15th Ministerial Meeting on Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC).
The CAREC Secretariat presented updates on the following deliverables: (i) CAREC Railway Strategy 2017-2030, (ii) CAREC Road Safety Strategy, (iii) Memorandum of Understanding on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan Transmission Line, (iv) Almaty-Bishkek Corridor Initiative Investment Framework, and (v) Midterm Review of the CAREC 2020.
The participants welcomed preparations for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) Transmission Line for export of power from Turkmenistan to Pakistan through the southern Afghan corridor. They also noted that the 500 KV transmission line of the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan Interconnection Project (TUTAP) for the Turkmen section has been completed and for the other sections construction has started.
Various cross-border projects and programs aimed at increasing energy trade between Central Asia and East and South Asia are being implemented, or are under active consideration by CAREC member countries and multilateral institutions. The TAP (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan) is one of the those infrastructure development projects under implementation in our region.